First-person tactical shooter Ready Or Not disappeared from Steam on June 16, sparking a spate of rumors as to why. Now it’s back, and the developers say the takedown was because “a takedown request has been made through Steam regarding a proposed trademark infringement in our recent Night Club map.”
Let’s start at the beginning. In an update released on June 12, New Zealand-based developers Void Interactive added a finished version of a nightclub map to Ready Or Not, among other things. On June 16, both the game and store pages disappeared, meaning owners couldn’t continue playing it.
Void Interactive announced that the game was offline that same day, but did not explain the reason for the removal, and only said they were “investigating” it. Rumors quickly spread on social media, suggesting the removal was due to the completed nightclub card being added to the game on the anniversary of the 2016 Pulse nightclub recording in Orlando, Florida. That seemed unlikely, given both Valve happy as to have all kinds of horrific shit on steam, and that the club map had been whiteboxed in the game for months.
The rumor spread quickly enough that Void Interactive released a statement explaining the takedown on Twitter:
— VOID Interactive (@VOIDInteractive) June 18, 2022
“We would like to address the rumors surrounding the removal of Ready Or Not and its pages on Steam that took place on Thursday, June 16,” the statement begins.
“A takedown request has been made through Steam regarding a suggested trademark infringement in our recent Night Club map that was shared as part of our most recent Steam update. We take IP issues very seriously and in good faith We have decided to remove the subject matter and any reference to it from Ready Or Not and from all our social media or other publications.”
The statement doesn’t say who made the infringement claim, but comments from players on Twitter suggest the in-game nightclub used a name similar to that of an actual nightclub chain in the UK.
Now that Ready Or Not is back on Steam, the infringing content has presumably been removed, although developer videos from the update will remain offline until they can be edited. You can still find details about the other new additions of the update in the Steam patch notes post of the 12th†